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Welcome to St Pete’s and the start of your city break. Arrival transfer from St Petersburg Airport, transfer to hotel and check-in. Remainder of the day at leisure.
We take you on a city tour, taking in the highlights of St Pete’s key areas. We will drive along the famed Nevsky Prospekt stops will be made at the Church on Spilled Blood, The Bronze Horseman and Peter and Paul Fortress. We also visit Smolny Cathedral.
Today we visit the Catherine Palace. The lavish Palace is adorned with a stunning peacock blue Baroque exterior and inside offers an insight into the privileged lives of Russia’s aristocracy. We will also visit Peterhof Palace.
This morning we visit the Hermitage, the incredible gallery with a stunning array of paintings, sculptures, silverware, carriages and more. Later we travel by coach or train to Novgorod where we enjoy a steamy Russian banya (sauna).
Novgorod is one of Russia’s oldest cities, located within reach of the Volkhov river and Lake Ilmen. It was formed as a town in the middle of the 10th century. A tour of Novgorod takes in the riverside fortified kremlin, cathedral and other sights. Tonight we have dinner before travelling by overnight sleeper train from Novgorod to Moscow.
Early this morning, we arrive into Moscow - the capital that spawned dozens of spy novels! Today we will ride on the capital’s efficient Metro to Red Square. From here, we’ll take a guided walk in the Kitay-Gorod and Lubyanka area, taking in the ritzy GUM department store. At the south end of the square, feast your eyes on the wildly coloured, turban domed St Basil’s Cathedral.
Today, we head into Red Square where, if open, we can pay our respects for free to Lenin, the grandfather of Communism, who has lain in state within his eerie mausoleum since his death in 1924. We continue inside the Kremlin - Russia’s bastion of political might, where we enjoy a guided walk through the grounds, seeing numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell.
We take you today to Novodevichy, surrounded by the Kremlinesque walls which were built to act as a fortress, which houses four cathedrals including the majestic four-onion globes of Smolensky Cathedral. It here that Peter the Great imprisoned his sister Sophia and executed her supporters from the Streltsy rebellion. Today it is a magnificent and peaceful cloister with an impressive icon collection. We then head to the Tretyakov Gallery, which has a range of art from typical Russian socialist realist images through to avant garde artists and modern pieces.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight check-in.
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